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Proposal Aims to Ban RV Parks in Flood Plains

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May 7, 2012 by   Leave a Comment

The California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) has urged its members to take action on changes proposed by the National Fire Protection 1194 Committee.

Following up an advisory announced last week by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), CalARVC said the proposed changes could affect half its members.

The National Fire Protection Association 1194 Committee, which creates standards for RV park and campground design, is proposing the following:

“Campgrounds shall not be located in areas designated as flood plains or where there is frequent accumulation of storm water or other surface water.”

CalARVC noted, “State and local agencies commonly refer to these guidelines when updating or establishing their specific regulations. If these guidelines are adopted, we have no idea how state regulators would interpret or implement these recommendations. Would they only ban new development? Would they ban expansion by existing parks? Would they ban any changes or upgrades of existing sites? Would they mandate closure of existing parks in a flood plain?”

The association concluded, “We see no reason for NFPA 1194 to ban what FEMA has already defined.” Click here to read more.

In addition to the flood plain ban, there are four other proposals that affect RV parks and campgrounds.

CalARVC stated, “While our industry is represented by highly qualified spokesmen on the committee, they need your specific issues and input to fight these proposals. Please share what impact these new guidelines would have on your business with Jeff Sims, ARVC’s director of program advocacy, before May 18.”

Sims will compile all comments into a single document for the committee to discuss at the next meeting, which is May 22-24.

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